Have you ever heard that cockroaches are older than dinosaurs? It’s true. There are fossils of roaches that are 350 million years old, which means they were around even before most dinosaurs. Here is a list of more fascinating things you didn’t know about cockroaches.

1. Cockroaches can live a week without their heads

I wish this were fiction, but it is true. A cockroach can breathe through the tiny holes in its body, which is why it can survive several days without its head. Cockroaches can hold their breath for a long time. They can go 30-40 minutes without oxygen, even when they’re underwater.

2. Roaches eat everything

They can eat plants, human food, dead skin cells, garbage, and even feces. They can also go up to a month without eating anything at all.

3. Cockroaches can make you sick

Unfortunately, this isn’t fiction either. Along with disease-causing bacteria, roaches track fecal and decaying matter across the food and other surfaces. They also produce proteins that can cause severe problems for people with asthma.

4. Roaches live almost everywhere

In fact, they live on every continent except the Antarctic. While some people think they only live in places that are dirty, cockroaches are attracted to food and water and will live anywhere that gives them access to it.

5. Cockroaches are very hard to get rid of

How fast do cockroaches multiply? You might have heard the fictional myth that cockroaches can survive a nuclear explosion. The fact is, roaches can withstand 10 times more radiation than a human, but they will still not survive a nuclear blast. Roaches multiply rapidly. A newborn cockroach reaches adult maturity at just 36 days. Most types of cockroaches lay between 35-160 eggs at a time.

Cockroaches are interesting creatures. However, when it comes to keeping your home safe from them, there are important facts you need to know. Roaches are fast, making it surprisingly hard to capture and remove them. Keeping your food sealed and your garbages disposed of can help prevent them but once they are in your home, cockroach control is nearly impossible without professional help.

If you think you might have an infestation, call Sage Pest Control. The professionals at Sage Pest Control have the specialty equipment and knowledge to quickly handle your cockroach problems, both residential and commercial.